Ethnic Groups of the Philippines


The Kapampangan occupy Pampanga, Tarlac, and Bataan in the CALABARZON Region on Luzon Island. The area is part of the so-called “rice granary of the Philippines” — vast plains suitable for planting rice and other crops. The Kapampangan are also called Pampangan, Pampango, and Pampagueño. Their language belongs to the Central Luzon subgroup of Philippine languages and is related linguistically to the language of Bolinao.

Kapampangans are popular for their delicious cuisine and the intricately crafted parol (Christmas lantern).


Lewis, M. Paul (ed.), 2009. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International,